Issue #48, Spring 2013

Southern Sin

Creative Nonfiction #48 features deliciously degenerate stories about sinning in the South, from cheating at pee-wee football to the murderous jealousy of illicit lovers, the perils of shacking up, and the secret pleasures of arson.

All of that (vicarious) sinning calls for a little redemption. In Writers at Work, three authors explore the intersection of literature and healing. Writing isn't therapy--but can it be therapeutic?

Plus: Tiny truths, a nonfiction sestina, and some stories we regret not being able to publish.

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Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind ... read more
Goddamn Tupelo Sandra Beasley
The On-Ramp Amy Thigpen
Mad Love: The Ballad of Fred & Allie Sonja Livingston
The Renters Chelsea Rathburn
The Wishbone Harrison Scott Key
Writing Memoir and Writing for Therapy: An Inquiry on the Functions of Reflection Tara DaPra ... read more
Salvage, Salvation, Salve: Writing That Heals Jennifer Lunden
Managing the Angry Voice: How to Convey Anger in Memoir Without Alienating Readers Sandi Hutcheson
Twitter Micro-essays
Title Envy ... read more


Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley is the author of Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir and cultural history of food... read more

Michael Copperman

Michael Copperman teaches low-income, first-generation college students of diverse backgrounds at the University of Oregon. His prose has... read more

Tara DaPra

Tara DaPra received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay and the... read more

Max Garland

Max Garland is a former rural letter carrier from Kentucky and the author of The Postal Confessions and Hunger Wide as Heaven.... read more

Rachel Michelle Hanson

Rachel Michelle Hanson earned her MFA from the University of Utah and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at... read more

Sandi Hutcheson

Sandi Hutcheson is a graduate of Spalding University's MFA in Creative Writing program. She teaches creative writing and communications... read more

Mary Helen Kennerly

Mary Helen Kennerly lives in Iowa City and is finishing a book-length essay on thrill-seeking and self-understanding in an era preoccupied... read more

Harrison Scott Key

Harrison Scott Key is the author of The World’s Largest Man (HarperCollins), which is a memoir somewhere between A River Runs through... read more

Lynn Kilpatrick

Lynn Kilpatrick’s essays have appeared in Ninth Letter and Brevity. Her short story collection, In the House, was published by FC2.... read more

Sonja Livingston

Sonja Livingston’s first book, Ghostbread, won the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction and has been honored with awards from the... read more

Jennifer Lunden

Jennifer Lunden (LCSW, LADC, CCS) is a practicing therapist and the founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Healing in... read more

Chelsea Rathburn

Chelsea Rathburn is the author of two poetry collections, A Raft of Grief, recently released by Autumn House Press, and The... read more

Amy Thigpen

Amy Thigpen is a native New Orleanian, whose work has appeared in The Best Travelers' Tales 2004, Hot Flashes: Sexy Little... read more